Synopsis: Josef Stalin rises from his rejection as being physically unfit in the Czar's army during world War I to undisputed head of the huge Soviet empire of the 1950s. After the success of the Bolshevik Revolution in 1917 he vies with arch-rival Leon Trotsky for power under the acknowledged leader, Vladimir Lenin. After Lenin's stroke, the merciless Georgian's ruthless methods soon eliminates all rivals and his cruel paranoia and overt sadism help him maintain power by eliminating every possible rival including many former comrades.
Director(s): Ivan Passer
Production: MGM Home Entertainment
  Won 3 Golden Globes. Another 8 wins & 13 nominations.
172 min

Useful... ?!

Braided deep to Stalin.

For watching him,

reporting on him?

No, helping him.

So, that is - Stalin needs help;

Stalin needs help

from a nineteen-year-girl?

To assist you, to take notes.

- Who for?

Who taught you to watch Stalin?


Was it Trotsky? Or Lenin?

Nadya thought

Stalin was going to change Russia.

She was right.

Do you have a notebook? Not yet

- take this. And the pencil here.


- Yes.


In this compartment Stalin told me

he would do anything and everything

to stabilize the southern front.

He would take measures -

stern measures.

But... they said that you were only

to collect grain...

not get involved

in military activities.

Stalin does not obey orders

unless he agrees with them.

You always become the leader.

- Not always, not.


Always my father says.

You want things your way

and you get them.

What else does he say?

You're a hero.

You organized daring robberies,

escapes from prisons.

You are a giant among pigmies.

I am a small humble man,

the son of a cobbler

and an illiterate washer woman.

The rose bud opens,

blue bows all around...

The larch flew higher,

the nightingale sings so fine...

Look at you - an army commander!

Look at you,

commissar of nationalities.

Chosen by Lenin himself.

Klim Voroshilov,

this is Nadya Alliluyeva,

Sergei's daughter.

You have your mother's eyes.

A Bolshevik aristocrat, ha?!

Filipov. Kavelenko. Tsarist officers.

- Yes.

Do you trust them?

Trotsky does, do you?

- Trotsky is a war commissar,

and he's the commander

of the Red Army.

You disagree with Trotsky or not?

Not exactly!


Then you agree to the need

for vigilance?

Yes, absolutely! Resolute vigilance!

Here's a list of unreliable officers.

I want them to be summoned here


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Paul Monash

Paul Monash (June 14, 1917 – January 14, 2003) was an American television and film producer and screenwriter. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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